Tarzan's Savage Fury

Tarzan's Savage Fury is a 1952 film directed by Cy Endfield and starring Lex Barker as Tarzan, Dorothy Hart as Jane, and Patric Knowles. While most Tarzan films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s presented Tarzan as a very different character from the one in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels, this movie does make some allusions to the novels. It was shot in Chatsworth, California's Iverson Movie Ranch. The film was the last to be directed by Cyril "Cy" Endfield in the US. Finding himself one of Hollywood's film-makers blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee he moved to Britain.[2] The film was co-written by Cyril Hume, who'd contributed substantially to the "Tarzan" series back in its bigger budget MGM days.[3]

Tarzan's Savage Fury
Directed byCy Endfield
Produced bySol Lesser
Written byHans Jacoby
Based onCharacters created
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringLex Barker
Dorothy Hart
Patric Knowles
Music byPaul Sawtell
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • April 11, 1952 (1952-04-11) (US)[1]
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


Tarzan agrees, against his better judgement, to guide supposed British government agents Edwards and Rokov into the land of the Wazuri Tribe, to harvest uncut diamonds for national-defense purposes. It transpires the "agents" are secretly criminals who intend to use the gems for their own sinister purposes.[3]



The film was originally known as Tarzan, the Hunted.[4]

Critical reception

Variety wrote that the film was, "A series of unexciting jungle heroics are offered..."[5] Recent TV guides for re-run viewers say little more. The Radio Times wrote that "plenty of action helps the story along", and TV Guide wrote that the film was "uninteresting and slowly paced."


  1. "Tarzan's Savage Fury: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  2. Obituary : Cy Endfield. The Independent, UK, Friday 21 April 1995
  3. "Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  4. 'SALLY, IRENE' SET AS NEW FOX MOVIE: IN LOCAL REVIVAL By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 Aug 1951: 21.
  5. Variety, Review: ‘Tarzan’s Savage Fury’, December 31, 1951
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